Obama and Africa’s Renaissance Generation
It came to be a core belief held by the American public and media that Barack Obama was a self-creation who had stepped out of nowhere. But for me, Obama’s story is remarkably familiar and concrete. Our fathers both belonged to the postwar wave of Africans educated in the West who saw themselves as the architects of decolonization. Wole Soyinka called them the “Renaissance Generation.”
November 10, 2018
Abolish ICE: Beyond a Slogan
The movement to abolish ICE has been dismissed as little more than the left’s “new rallying cry,” but there are existing and emerging models for what it looks like to chip away at ICE and put something else in its place: a community-based alternative to a violent immigration system.
October 10, 2018
Resistance Means More Than Voting
When former president Barack Obama called on the nation to oppose Donald Trump last week, he said there was only one way to do it, by voting. That is a plausible argument, one that has been used in the past to oppose every kind of civil disobedience. Vote, of course. But there is no reason to think that voting is the sole allowable form of resistance.
September 10, 2018